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June 15, 2024  | 11 AM to 6 PM (ET)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.

and 135th Street, from Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. to Malcolm X Blvd.


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. The Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora extends our engagement with authors of African descent and champions literacy and books across genres to amplify Black history and culture. Festival programming features some of the most talented writers and influential figures in culture today. The festival is built on the foundation created by Arturo Schomburg–encouraging freedom of thought, the relentless pursuit of Black history, and the engagement of our imagination towards our collective freedom.


Join us as we honor the importance of passing down books, positive ideas about reading, and continuing to be bold in our choices at a time when the currents are pushing against the freedom to read and the invaluable service of public libraries.

Learn about this year's featured art by Jonell Joshua. 

The 2024 Schomburg Center Literary Festival is powered by Puma.  



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Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | 5:00 PM | Schomburg Center


Celebrating the life and work of Black lesbian and feminist writers Alexis De Veaux and Cheryl Clarke who will join Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Schomburg Center Scholar in Residence and curator, Briona Simone Jones in conversation followed by a book signing. The


The Pleasure of Rebellion exhibition will be on view all evening.

5PM Reception

6PM Public Program (Doors Open)

7:30PM Book Signing



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Explore some of the featured authors and speakers for the 2024 festival.  Readings, panel discussions, and workshops at the event range from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and nonfiction.  Stay tuned for more announcements and additions!  


The Marketplace located on 135th Street between Malcolm X Blvd. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. is a great place to support local authors and the Schomburg Pop-Up Shop.  Enjoy special features like 

The NYPL Countee Cullen Mobile Library, PUMA's We are Legends Activation, and the Black Zine Fair presented by Sojourners for Justice Press.


Images: Black Future Newsstand featured in the marketplace at 2023 Schomburg Center Literary Festival. 

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The Festival Photo Journey

Images from the 2023 Schomburg Center Literary Festival. 

Photos by Bill Farrington and Bob Gore.

Images from the 2022 Schomburg Center Literary Festival. 

Photos by APM World/Emmanuel Agbeble,

Isseu Diouf Campbell, Bill Farrington and Bob Gore.

Schomburg Center's Black Liberation

Reading List

Explore essential titles selected by the Schomburg Center as it marks 95 years of collecting and preserving Black history, arts, and culture. Available on SimplyE and from the Schomburg Shop.

Patron seated in a semi-circle in a discussion at the Lit Fest Workshop
Batala drummers performing at the Lit Fest
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